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Origins of Abstract Art

Abstract Art is a modern take on classical expressionism and is the artistic expression of seemingly random and blotchy colors in such a way that it creates a whole new depth of meaning and profound effect on the viewers. Abstract Art traces its roots in the late 17th and early 18th century, though it wasn’t recognized as a separate art genre in its own right until well in to the 20th century.

Abstractionism in art can often be mixed with non-figurative and figurative arts, but there is a distinction between the three, and it is therefore prudent to consider Abstract Art as being fundamentally different and highly unique. For one thing, abstract art is rarely aimed towards creating any realism or a genuine depiction of subjects as they would appear in reality.

Quite the contrary, abstract art tends to deliberately distort various aspects and proportions of the subject so it appears as being slightly ethereal and detached from any realism. This isn’t always the case though, and there have been certain abstract paintings over the years that have shown a slight, if not complete confirmation to reality. Thus we can safely say that Abstract Art is divided in to two categories; Fauvism and Cubism, the former constitutes a partial abstraction while the latter often constitutes a complete detachment from reality. Some of the Cubist art may often appear to be bizarre and strange for most people, but art enthusiasts are somehow able to draw meaningful inferences from amidst the chaos and appreciate the subtleties with which artists define their subjects.


Abstract Art was first experimented on during the late 18th century; when Romanticism, Expressionism and Impressionism were the most popular art genres and many of the era’s most famous artists that would go on to become posthumous legends in their own right had something to do with abstract art in its infancy.

James McNeil Whistler created one of the earliest paintings that can satisfactorily be termed as abstract art, his 1872 masterpiece “Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket” is among the best examples of early abstractionism, it contains a lot of flamboyancy in its seemingly unreal depictions. Other notable artists from the late 1800s and early 1900s were John Constable, Paul Cezanne, Camille Corot, J M W Turner, among others. Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso are also notable as leaning towards abstractionism in some of their paintings.

Inspirational Abstract Art

Abstract Art is extremely rich in meaning as compared to other art genres, the seemingly random and blotchy brushstrokes found in many abstract paintings may at first appear to be complete gibberish for most people, or even appear as mindless dawdles by toddlers, but they do in fact contain a lot of meaning and thought provoking ideas. Many people agree that abstract art somehow manages to bring out the inner feelings and emotions of the artist on canvas, something that classical art never does.

Classical art more or less depicts a certain situation which the artist faithfully reconstructs on the canvas, focusing all the while on realism and making the image appear as authentic as possible. Abstract art takes a different route altogether, by deliberately messing with the color schemes and creating a disproportionate image, the artist is able give an almost magical touch to his painting, forcing viewers to give the subject a lot of thought and intuition.


There are many abstract artists that are said to have sparked a lot of inspiration in people through their paintings. Sarah Shaw is an English abstract artist whose Monolith series of flower paintings are widely cited as excellent examples of inspiration through abstractionism, she always tries to create a sense of the sublime in her paintings.

Other notable artists who have produced inspirational abstract works include Teresa Young, Cheryl O, Tanielle Chelders, Shukla Chowdhury, Reina Cottier, Jacky Murtaugh, Rob Heath, Caroline Swaine-Donohoe, Virginia Erdie, Monika Mori, Samar Asmoah, Scott Hile, Laura Miller, Kimberlee Rocka, Nancy Jo Corderman, Dan Cope, Fiona de Lacy, Sara Morison, and Shana Stern, among others.

Abstract Art manages to translate human emotions, and has a profound effect on everyone as it has a broader meaning underlying the colors, and each of us perceives something different.

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